Garden City Wings Ice Hockey Club
The Garden City Wings Freshman team came to fruition in the summer of 1997.
The idea was set in motion by Walter Holewa whose son had been assigned to play for the Levittown Freshman team
in 1996-97, under the rules allowed by the NY State HS Hockey Association for out of district players.
Upon learning there were players involved with ice hockey in the Garden City Middle School, an application to join the Nassau County
HS Hockey League for the 1997-98 season was tenured.
The purpose of establishing a team was to provide a forum for player's in grades 7-9 to play with their friends, learn the fundamentals and basics of ice hockey while acquiring the needed experience to compete at Varsity level where competition against players in grades 10-12 is keen. With 5 players coming over from neighboring Herricks, the Wings took to the ice and won their first game 8-5 over Carle Place. Playing in the "A" Division, the Wings finished 3rd of 9 teams with an 11-6-4 record and qualified for the playoffs. Four players were key in leading the way that first season. Justin Giberti was a tower of strength on defense for the young team. He was quickly elected team captain and later selected MVP. Offensively, three players who named themselves the "Orient Express Line" powered the Wings. David Hee, Andy Tse, and Kevin Maguire accounted for almost half of the 75 goals scored, establishing the Wings as a club that would be no pushover.
Over the seasons, the Wings Freshman program has been one of the most consistent and competitive in the league. As any player who has put on the uniform can attest, there are no easy games. The success of the program is a tribute to the players and parents who have supported enthusiastically the efforts of those who coach and help out during each season.
|1997-98||Justin Giberti||Rob Ungar|
|1998-99||Doug Holewa||Rob Ungar|
|1999-00||Rob Ungar||Kevin Albano|
|2000-01||Ryan Boelsen||Max Koestenblat|
|2001-02||Brian Collins||Ryan Norell|
|2002-03||Brian Kiernan||Ryan Norell|
|2003-04||None Awarded||Nick Greco|
|2004-05||Spiros Markopoulos||Michael Carleo & Thomas White|
|2005-06||Spiros Markopoulos & Tim Moynihan||Steven Garger|
|2006-07||Michael Borges & Ken Boudreau||David Wax|
|2007-08||Christopher Arena & Mark Brady||John White|
|2016-17||Chris Heckelmann||Anthony Remick|
1997-98 Justin Giberti
1998-99 Rob Ungar
1999-00 Rob Ungar
2000-01 Ryan Boelsen & Jim Butcher
2001-02 None Appointed
2002-03 Brian Kiernan & Ryan Norell
2003-04 None Appointed
2004-05 Tom Greco
2005-06 Spiros Markopoulos
2006-07 None Appointed
2007-08 Mark Brady
We encourage anyone with pictures, statistics, or articles from prior years to submit them for publication on the website.